Few hairstyles will stand out from a crowd more than a Reverse Mohawk. Worn by new wave punks rebelling normalcy to teenagers wagering a daring bet, the Reverse Mohawk is one of the boldest haircuts any unconventional man could try.
What Is Reverse Mohawk
If a reverse Mohawk sounds familiar, it’s because it originated from a traditional Mohawk. The initial style left tufts of hair on the crown of the head with the sides and back shaved. This alternative version inverses the style with a line of hair shaved from forehead to the nape of the neck, and the sides and back of the head to grow out.
How To Style It
Depending on the extreme nature of the hairstyle, it is easy enough to do at home and with the help of a friend. For the most basic version, brush the hair to remove tangles, sweeping from the middle part towards the back. Use a fading machine to buzz the hair, drawing a line along the center of the head. Repeat the process until the scalp is clear. The remaining hair can be left as is or further styled with exciting dyes, spikes, or hair products.
1. Bleached Reverse Mohawk
Rapper Bexey Swan’s eccentricity keeps his fans on the edge of their toes. Swan goes the extra mile with the center of the scalp dyed black with the rest of his hair bleached blond.
2. Peter Gabriel Reverse Cut
In 1977, English band Genesis cemented lead singer Peter Gabriel and drummer Phil Collins in the rock music scene. While Collins sported a simple and natural long hairstyle, Gabriel trimmed the middle and instantly became a pioneer of the hairstyle. The thickness of his hair creates a visual illusion of a cone shape around his forehead and partly obscures the shaved part.
3. Wing Style Mohawk
The wilder the better fit lead singer Keith Flint’s rebellious look. Known for going to extremes with his appearance, Flint dyes his Reverse Mohawk bright green. The rest of the spikes are slicked outwards with a comb and hair product.
4. Buzz Cut
Even shorter than a crew cut, a buzz cut keeps the hair close to the scalp anyways. The sleek and sophisticated look gets a twist with trim down the middle.
5. High Top Mohawk
Just because the Reverse Mohawk trims down the middle doesn’t mean the rest of the hair has to go too. Longer and thicker hair can be tough to control. With the right products rubbed or combed into the thicker patches, it can dramatically increase volume and definition.
6. Long and Shiny
Bexey Swan truly switches it up from his last two looks. Instead of mixing hair dyes, he went for a natural all-black look. His hair is loosely slicked backward and tapers off at the back of his neck. The length is long enough to keep it casual and tucked behind the ears.
7. Spiky Dyed Reverse Mohawk
After getting a buzz cut across the scalp, dying the sides and middle make it even cooler. There’s any number of dye combinations from bleached and black to strawberry pink and blue. If the sides of the hair are just long enough, it’ll be perfect to create texture with spikes.
8. Punk Skullet Haircut
Don’t hesitate to take a Reverse Mohawk to the next edgiest level. Instead of shaving the hair down the center, shave the sides of the head too. Two distinct strips of hair can grow along the sides and back. The sideburns can also be dyed another color.
9. Parted Reverse Mohawk
Sometimes the best way to style this cut is just to go all-natural. Here, the trimmed scalp down the middle catches attention and the guy’s pure blond locks are casual for everyday wear.
10. Short Crew Cut
A crew cut is a perfect hairstyle to try a Reverse Mohawk. With the crown of the hair already buzzed close to the scalp, shaving a line across the center of the head is relatively easy. It won’t take long for the fading clipper to breeze through the hair and leave minimal spikes behind. Little to zero preparation is needed for further upkeep.
11. Messy Reverse Mohawk
There are no rules that any Mohawk has to strictly maintain its origins or a reversed version. Strip down the middle of the hair like the reversed version but keep the side of the hairs long enough to sweep the hair upwards like the original Mohawk.
12. Afro And Reversed
A curl enhancer can draw out a natural afro more, giving plenty of styling options to play with. Dab a serum into the hair such as a curl conditioner or enhancer and rub it through the strands thoroughly to puff it up as much as possible.
13. Two-Dye Reverse Mohawk
Kids can get in on the fun with this hairstyle too. The fade machine was used wider across the entire scalp than just a single filed line. Green and blue dye on the hair that’s leftover masks this adorable boy’s dirty blond hair color underneath.
14. Blond and Black
In contrast to rapper Bexey Swan’s previous style, Swan doesn’t split up the dye evenly. Instead, the middle and left side of his hair is dyed black and the right side is bleached blond. The subtle differences create a fun checkered alteration.
15. Messy Mohawk
If the hair on the side of the head is a perfect length to be styled, spikes are commonly the first choice. It keeps the hair out of the face and adds a dash of flair with a subtle Mohawk towards the scalp. After enjoying a shower, use a dryer and straightener to spike the hair with a comb. Tease out the spikes upward as much or as little to achieve the right shape.